PlanningPrep holds AICP Exam Prep session during the 2017 APA-IL State Conference.


Whether you're taking the AICP Exam, maintaining your AICP certification, or ready to become a Fellow of AICP, the APA-IL is here to help. 

The APA-IL provides unique educational and networking opportunities for members through our conferences, committee and section activities, plan commissioner training, and AICP exam preparation programs. The APA-IL is the association for Illinoisans that want to stay current in the urban planning field and network with other Illinois planning professionals. 

What we offer

  • Coordinate AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) Credits for events and programs.

  • Provide information regarding AICP Exam preparation.

  • Assist with nominations to the AICP College of Fellows.

Partnering with APA-IL for AICP CM Credit

In January 2020, the APA-IL Board of Directors approved a Certification Maintenance Policy. The Policy provides a process for providing CM to affiliates / partner organizations. 


What is AICP?

What is AICP Candidate?

Value of AICP




Exam Prep


CM Credits

Hosting a CM event

Opportunities to Earn

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Fellows of AICP

How to become FAICP

Illinois FAICPs

American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) offers the only nationally recognized professional planning certification. Initial certification involves passing the AICP Exam, offered twice annually at more than 300 testing centers across the United States and Canada.


Current Programs, News, and Events


Certification Maintenance

All professional planners who are members of APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), must engage in mandatory continuing education to maintain their certification. AICP members must earn a total of 32 CM credits within their two-year reporting period.


The Certification Maintenance program links certified planners to training opportunities that will keep them up to date with the latest trends, technologies, and best practices.  It also strengthens the value of certification, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence to elected officials, community leaders, and employers.


The continuing education activities and events that will provide these CM credits are approved by APA. All education providers, including APA and its chapters and divisions, register with APA/AICP to become CM providers. To learn how to become a provider, visit the APA's provider webpage.


The AICP also offers Advanced Specialty Certification (ASC) which enables AICP–credentialed planners to be recognized for their knowledge, experience, and leadership skills in specialized areas of planning. Currently, the ASC Program offers three advanced examinations for the AICP Certified Transportation Planner (AICP CTP), AICP Certified Environmental Planner (AICP CEP), and AICP Certified Urban Designer (AICP CUD).

Questions about AICP/CM/FAICP?

1. Visit APA's website at http:/

2. Questions regarding the exam can be e-mailed to the AICP office at; or

3. Contact APA-IL's Professional Development Officer by filling out the form below:


The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) is the premier authority on urban planning issues and professional development for Illinois' urban planners.


The APA-IL is the official membership association for practicing planners in the State of Illinois.  We strive to inform, educate, and connect our members to resources and tools that advance the practice of planning throughout the state.  We pride ourselves on "Creating Great Communities for All" in Illinois.  




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